Government bid to pass constitution amendment bill fails

KATHMANDU: The ruling coalition government attempt to get the much awaited constitution amendment bill endorsed through the parliament failed after 206 lawmakers cast their votes against the amendment bill.

Out of 553 parliamentarians present in the voting today, 347 lawmakers cast their vote in favour of the amendment bill, however, it lacked two third majority to endorsed the bill.

Speaker Onsari Ghari Magar announced the decision after the vote counting of the amendment bill in the House this evening.

The government failed to garner two third majority as the main opposition UML and other fringe parties voted against the bill today.

The main opposition party had demanded the government to withdraw the amendment bill.

During the clause wise deliberation on the amendment bill today, NC leader Bimalendra Nidhi urged to support for the amendment bill.

Similarly, CPN-UML lawmaker Yagya Sunuwar said his party would not support the amendment proposal brought by the government at a time when the country is facing problems due to landslide and flood.

Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal leader Sarbendranath Sukla said that the RJP-Nepal would support the constitution amendment proposal to address the demands of Madhesi people.

CPN-UML’s Prem Giri said the amendment introduced to recognise a foreign language as national language is not acceptable at any cost.

Meanwhile, Rastriya Prajatantra Party has issued a whip to cast against the constitution amendment bill in the parliament.

The Constitution Amendment Bill would have been passed with two third of the 592 existing members of the parliament support the bill.

After the clause-wise discussion on the bill yesterday, the Parliament Secretariat put the statue amendment bill to vote in the House this evening.

Earlier, Nepali Congress Chief Whip Chin Kaji Shrestha, one of the movers of amendment proposals said the bill intended to give rights to the citizens which could not be against the interests of the Nation.

CPN-Maoist Centre Lawmakers Ram Narayan Bidari had said around the time of promulgation of the constitution everyone rights and aspirations would be addressed and amendment was intended for the same.

However, CPN-UML leader Bhim Rawal had said the amendment was against the national interest.

Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal lawmaker Laxman Lal Karna told the house that giving rights to citizens could be anti-national.

Meanwhile, the government had decided to hold the Provincial and Parliamentary elections on November 26 to implement the federalism and constitution in the nation.

As per the constitution, the government should hold all level of elections by January 21.